50 Song Memoir is the new album from songwriter Stephin Merritt’s beloved recording project, the Magnetic Fields. This personal album, containing 50 songs, one for each year of the artist’s life, is a release on Nonesuch Records. The album commenced recording on Stephin Merritt’s 50th birthday, February 9, 2015.
To date, Merritt has written and recorded 10 Magnetic Fields albums, including the popular and critically acclaimed album, 69 Love Songs. A song from that record, "The Book of Love," has been covered by Peter Gabriel, and has appeared in numerous TV shows and films.
In concert, the music will be played and sung by seven performers in a stage set featuring 50 years of artifacts both musical (vintage computers, reel-to-reel tape decks, newly invented instruments), and decorative (tiki bar, shag carpet, vintage magazines for the perusal of idle musicians). The seven performers each play seven different instruments, traditional (cello, charango, clavichord) or invented in the past 50 years (Slinky guitar, Swarmatron, synthesizer).
The stage extravaganza will be directed by the award-winning Jose Zayas (Love in the Time of Cholera, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter).
Please note: Each performance will be a separate program, so that the whole album will be performed over two nights: Night One: Songs 1-25, Night Two: Songs 26-50